Cohen and Phillips family papers
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Cohen and Phillips family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cohen family.
Title: Cohen and Phillips family papers
Dates: 1795-1949
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0162

Biographical/Historical Note

This collection contains papers relating to Octavus Cohen (1814-1876); his wife, Henrietta Yates Levy Cohen (c.1819-1915); and his son-in-law, Clavius Phillips (b.1838), who was married to Georgina Bryant Cohen.

Octavus Cohen, a Savannah businessman, was the brother of Solomon Cohen. He was in the auction and commission business and a steamship agent, forming a partnership with Benjamin W. Fosdick. In 1854, after the death of Fosdick, he formed Octavus Cohen and Company, in which his son-in-law Clavius Phillips became a partner.


Scope and Content Note

The papers in this collection include deeds; a bond; a bill of sale for a slave; appointment by John Tyler of Octavus Cohen as Navy Agent for the port of Savannah. Also included are an appointment by John C. Breckinridge of Clavius Phillips as lieutenant in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States and Phillip's acceptance and oath of loyalty to the Confederate States; letter of introduction written by General W.B. Hazen presenting Octavus Cohen to Post Commandant, Savannah, 1865; presidential pardons given to Octavus and Henrietta Cohen and an acceptance of the pardon; and correspondence to Henrietta Cohen from Varina Howell Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis.


Index Terms

Amnesty.
Bonds (legal records)
Broadsides (notices)
Cohen, Henrietta, approximately 1818-1915.
Cohen, Octavus, 1814-1876.
Confederate States of America--History.
Davis, Varina, 1826-1906.
Deeds.
Loyalty oaths.
Phillips, Clavius, b. 1838.
Requisitions.
Slave trade.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Cohen and Phillips family papers, MS 162, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Henrietta, Georgina, and Fanny Phillips, 1949


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

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1Miscellaneous Bonds and Deeds, 1795-1859

Bond, Hester Moses Cohen to Abraham Motte. Charleston, S.C., 1795 November 15

Deed of conveyance, Abraham Isaacs and Rachel Cohen, wife of Moses Cohen, to Isaac Course. Charleston, S.C., 1823 March 1

H. Adams v. J.C. Levy. Charleston, S.C., 1838 February 7

Discharge of debt, Charleston, S.C., 1838 December 10
C.B. Brewster, attorney for H. Adams, states that Adams has received satisfaction from J.C. Levy and that debt is discharged.

Commission of Octavus Cohen as Navy Agent for the port of Savannah, 1844 October 11
Signed by John Tyler, President, and J.Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy.

Deed of conveyance. Savannah, Ga., 1847 June 11
The Justices of the Inferior Court of Chatham County to Octavus Cohen, Lots 11 & 12, Lafayette Ward.

Deed of conveyance. Savannah, Ga., 1857 July 16
Octavus Cohen to Solomon Cohen, Lots 11 & 12, Lafayette Ward.

Bill of sale, M.H. Williams to Octavus Cohen for a slave. Savannah, Ga., 1859 February 15
 

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2Military Papers and Correspondence, 1864-1900

Appointment of Clavius Phillips as Second Lieutenant, Co. E., 2 nd Reg. Engineer Troops, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, 1864 October 28
Signed by John C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War.

Acceptance and Oath of Clavius Phillips, undated

Letter from General W.B. Hazen to Post Comdt., Headquarters 2 nd Div., 15 th Cp., Savannah, Ga., 1865 January 14
Introduction of Octavus Cohen.

Note from Miss Georgina Phillips. Savannah, Ga., 1949 November 18
Accompanying and explanatory note for Item 11.

Requisition for Ordinance and Ordinance Stores, 5 th Regiment, Georgia Reserves. Coosawhatchie, S.C., 1865 January 5

Requisition of Ordinance and Ordinance Stores, 2 nd Battalion, Georgia Reserves. Coosawhatchie, S.C., 1865 January 5

Request for ammunition. Headquarters, Harrison's Brigade. Broxtons Bridge, 1865 June 23

Poem, untitled, unidentified. St. Valentine's Night, 1864 February 14

Presidential pardons extended to Octavus Cohen and Henrietta Y. Cohen "for taking part in the late rebellion against the Government of the United States", 1897 May 2
Signed by Andrew Johnson, President and William H. Seward, Secretary of State. Attached certifications that pardons are true copies, stamped with name of William H. Seward, July 18, 1867.

Letter from Octavus Cohen to William H. Seward, Secretary of State. Savannah, Ga., 1867 July 22
Acknowledgement of receipt of pardon. Attached to each is a certification that the letter is a true copy, stamped with the name of William H. Seward, July 26, 1867.

Letter from Henrietta Y. Cohen to William H. Seward, Secretary of State. Savannah, Ga., 1867 July 22
Acknowledgement of receipt of pardon. Attached to each is a certification that the letter is a true copy, stamped with the name of William H. Seward, July 26, 1867.

Mortgage of land and real estate owned by Samuel P. Bell to Octavus Cohen and Clavius Phillips, co-partners of O. Cohen & Company, Savannah, Ga., 1870 June 16

Invitation to attend the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Lewis, 1884 January 21

Letter from Varina Howell Davis (Mrs. Jefferson Davis) to Henrietta Cohen, 1886 May 18
Contents discuss news of family and mutual friends.

Letter from Varina Howell Davis (Mrs. Jefferson Davis) to Henrietta Cohen, 1892 January 7

Letter from Varina Howell Davis (Mrs. Jefferson Davis) to Henrietta Cohen, 1893 January 22

Letter from Varina Howell Davis (Mrs. Jefferson Davis) to Henrietta Cohen, 1894 January 17

Letter from Varina Howell Davis (Mrs. Jefferson Davis) to Henrietta Cohen, 1900 June 11
Discusses bronze busts for proposed Confederate monument in Savannah.

Calling card of Varina Howell Davis with penciled note, "For Mrs. Cohen from...with the love of nearly thirty years"

Broadside, "The Lay of the Last Rebel", undated
 
Artifacts
A-0162-001 Octavus Cohen’s Savannah Benevolent Association badge View online.